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Get Outta Town

How to Experience Honolulu Like a Local

Get Outta Town BY tess falotico 02/01/2019
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Tats Otake is originally from Japan and now lives in Brooklyn, but he took a pretty lengthy detour to Hawaii between those spots. His two-word explanation for his three-year Honolulu excursion? "To surf," he laughs. And though the accessories designer behind 8.6.4 has plenty of wave-riding recs, he also knows where to get the best ahi, art, and even breakfast burrito in town. READ MORE
Stuff We Love

Obama’s Director of Campaign Merch On What Makes Good Political Gear

Stuff We Love BY tess falotico 03/30/2017
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Pussy hats! "The Future Is Female" T-shirts! "Make America ____ Again" caps! What turns a product that conveys something you agree with into one you want to wear? We asked Shahla Karimi, the super-cool jewelry designer and former director of merchandising for Obama's re-election campaign, to share a few key tips on making merch with a message that's worth shelling out for. READ MORE
Get Outta Town

How to Seriously Unplug on Hawaii’s Big Island

Get Outta Town BY tess falotico 01/20/2017
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If you want extreme surfing, go to Oahu. If you want to be surrounded by honeymooner PDA, go to Maui. If you want secret beaches, untouched natural splendor, and fresh fish dinners, get yourself to the Big Island. "There is no party scene and are no trendy restaurants. And that's why we go there," says the sculptural, space-age jewelry designer Sophie Monet Okulick of her laidback Hawaiian island of choice. She's been making the trip with her family for years and has your guide to the glorious place where the hottest thing in nightlife is, uh, lava. READ MORE
Got It Made

How a Mother-Daughter Duo Turns Hand-Drawn Prints into Perfect PJs

Got It Made BY tess falotico 11/10/2016
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A lot of us are in awe of our mom's skills, but Blair Gilbert took her appreciation one step further when she joined her mother's cozy 'n chic sleepwear company, Marigot, as co-CEO. See, it all started in 2009 when Lynne Gilbert brought her interior design chops to a collection of quirkily printed, never-too-sweet sleep shirts and PJ sets, and a few years later, she lured Blair from her gig at Ralph Lauren to run the production side of things. Here's how the mother-daughter biz ladies turn everything from vacations to toys into fodder for their make-ya-feel-fancy jammies. READ MORE

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